William Shakespeare about evil (“Romeo and Juliet”, 1597) - O serpent heart, hid with a flow'ring face! Did ever dragon keep so fair a cave? Beautiful tyrant! fiend angelical! Dove-feather'd raven! wolvish-ravening lamb! Despised substance of divinest show! Just opposite to what thou justly seem'st - A damned saint, an honourable villain!
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O serpent heart, hid with a flow'ring face! Did ever dragon keep so fair a cave? Beautiful tyrant! fiend angelical! Dove-feather'd raven! wolvish-ravening lamb! Despised substance of divinest show! Just opposite to what thou justly seem'st - A damned saint, an honourable villain!
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1597
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English
Reference
Romeo and Juliet, Act III, Scene 2
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Written between 1591 and 1595 Juliet line
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Kwize Master Juliet has just learned from her nurse that Romeo killed her cousin Tybalt and was banished to punish him for his crime. Juliet then complains by using oxymorons to show how ambiguous Romeo is, between his soft appearance and his violent behavior. On the one hand she is in love with Romeo whom she finds wonderful, and on the other hand Romeo's actions are terrible and put Juliet in a very difficult situation.
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